Policies

The BC Chamber's grassroots policy-development process is second-to-none in British Columbia. Every year, our membership of businesses, Chambers of Commerce and Boards of Trade develops policies that reflect the on-the-ground needs of B.C. businesses. Through this process, our membership endorses approximately 40 new policies every year at our Annual General Meeting.

The breadth and diversity of our policies reflects our broad-based membership; during any given year, we have policy recommendations for the majority, if not all, of B.C.’s provincial government ministries.

BC Chamber's 2018-19 Policy & Positions Manual

BC Chamber's 2017-18 Policy & Positions Manual Tracker

BC Chamber's 2017-18 Policy & Positions Manual

BC Chamber's 2017-18 Policy & Positions Manual - Government Responses  

BC Chamber's 2016-17 Policy & Positions Manual

BC Chamber's 2016-17 Policy & Positions Manual - Government Responses               

                               

2016
Local & Regional Government, Regulation, Healthy Communities
Whether it is in the Lower Mainland or in other areas of the province, affordable housing choices are required in order to be economically competitive and to attract and keep skilled workers. An adequate supply of housing with reasonable transportation costs is critical for economic growth.
2016
Local & Regional Government, Regulation, Healthy Communities
The cost of housing in B.C.’s major centres is rising. Demand for housing is out growing housing supply in both new builds and available rentals. As a result, B.C. residents are feeling the pressure of increased prices.
2016
Finance & Taxation
As British Columbians continue to embrace the sharing economy, short term residential rental companies, such as Airbnb and Vacation Rental by Owner (VRBO), and Online Travel Agents (OTAs) such as booking.com are gaining a larger presence across British Columbia.  Currently, these companies or “Booking Agents” do not fall under any of the regulatory, legal, taxation, health and safety or insurance laws of traditional accommodation providers. 
2016
Finance & Taxation
There is a growing level of concern that the British Columbia housing market, particularly in urban regions, has become over inflated. Many domestic and international organizations claim that B.C. is experiencing a housing bubble.  Local citizens worry that soaring prices have pushed the dream of home ownership forever out of reach.
2016
Finance & Taxation
B.C.’s tax competitiveness continues to be seriously undermined by the rejection of the value-added Harmonized Sales Tax (HST).  This was only compounded by the fact that the HST has been replaced with essentially an unchanged Provincial Sales Tax (PST).

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